Pau Hana

Pau Hana

Thu May 25 2:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.1knts
Run: 151.3nm (273.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157.2nm
Weather: N 12 kt

Good progress this morning as we race to catch the afternoon flood into San Francisco Bay. We struggled through the night to keep the rig and vane in balance as we entered the coastal weather. The fog feels almost like drizzle. Plenty of fuel left and we're within helicopter range. It seems as though we're going to make it.

Wed May 24 3:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 7.1knts
Run: 54.6nm (98.8km)
Weather: NNE 18 kt

Drag race to the east. Yesterday's longitude looks to have been an error. We shook out the second reef at sunrise and are absolutely ripping towards the coast. The computer is strapped to the desk. The wind is forecasted to go light later today so I should have a chance to comb my hair before our arrival.

Tue May 23 3:33 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 367.2nm (664.6km)
Avg: 15.1knts
24hr: 361.9nm
Weather: NNE 18 kt

Wind Veered N putting us on a fast reach to the east. Grey and cold. 2000 miles of ocean behind us. 350 to go. Whomever adheres to "Gentlemen never sail to weather" will never arrive in California. Luckily I'm no gentlemen.

Mon May 22 3:12 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 142.8nm (258.5km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 137.9nm
Weather: NE 18 kt

Close reach in lumpy seas and foggy and squally. Challenging to find the smooth line. We are definitely crossing a main shipping lane between Japan and Long Beach. For any of you cheapskate nerds that are reading this, the Digital Yacht NMEA to USB cable is worth every penny.

Sun May 21 2:21 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.7knts
Run: 126.1nm (228.2km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.4nm
Weather: NE 10 kt

Close Hauled in light winds with the vane following the shifts. Another container ship came by on it's way to Panama. Low clouds, chilly and humid this morning.

Sat May 20 2:24 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 128.7nm (232.9km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.9nm
Weather: NW 1 kt

Motored through the night. Low clouds this morning. Hopefully some wind by afternoon.

Fri May 19 3:09 2017 NZST
Speed: 3.1knts
Run: 125.1nm (226.4km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 130nm
Weather: SW 6 kts

A few slow days ahead. We're currently still sailing but if we dip below 3 knots we'll fire up the Lil' Swede.

Thu May 18 4:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 150.6nm (272.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.4nm
Weather: WSW 8 kts

Spinnaker and Ms. Piggy (autopilot) are earning their keep. We're making good progress within the light conditions. Comfortable sailing. Two ships within two miles of us last night. AIS transponder remains my favorite equipment aboard. 1500 nm down, 900 nm to go.

Wed May 17 3:42 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 111.8nm (202.4km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.2nm
Weather: SW 8 kts

Deep reach across flat seas. Crystal clear sunrise this morning. Our friends aboard "Sea Note" are within 50 miles of us. I hope to get within visual range. We'll be on the same course for the next several days.

Tue May 16 4:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 149.3nm (270.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.4nm
Weather: S 5 kts

Past the halfway point between Honolulu and San Francisco. Light winds so motoring/motorsailing as we can. All resources indicate a slow trip into San Fran.

Mon May 15 3:51 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.2knts
Run: 457.8nm (828.6km)
Avg: 19.1knts
24hr: 458.8nm
Weather: SE 14 kts

Good sailing through the night. Advantageous wind shift around midnight. Nerdy goodness with AIS and VHF DSC allowed a clean pass between Pau Hana and a 1000 ft tanker at 0330.

Sun May 14 3:54 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 352.7nm (638.4km)
Avg: 14.8knts
24hr: 354.2nm
Weather: ENE 14 kts

Running the heater this morning. We're into 1032 mb now. Much improved conditions. Smooth progress to the NE.

Sat May 13 4:00 2017 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 146.8nm (265.7km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 147.1nm
Weather: NE 20 kts

feels like 3 meter wind chop. steep and close. contrary to normal procedure, we've had to throttle back to care for ourselves and the rig. We're into 1028 mb now, so hopefully we can make some easting along the center of the high.

Fri May 12 4:03 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 135nm (244.4km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.8nm
Weather: NE 18 kts

Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 100% cloud cover, 1024 mb rising. During the day yesterday we had smooth seas and good sailing.
Passed through a cold front yesterday evening with strong winds and steep waves. We had to slow the boat down to care for the boat and ourselves.
All is well.

Thu May 11 3:39 2017 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 129.9nm (235.1km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 176.1nm
Weather: NE 08 kts

Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 60% cloud cover, 1022 mb rising.
Slow but comfortable. Getting slightly headed to the west of north. Bright full moon the last few nights.

Wed May 10 9:57 2017 NZST
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 554nm (1002.7km)
Weather: E 14 kts

Underway from Honolulu, Hawaii to San Francisco, California. 60% cloud cover, 1020 mb rising.
Good conditions.

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